Skate Your Way Through Finland’s Lakes and Seas

Press Release  •  Nov 20, 2012 08:01 GMT

Tour skating is a great way to spend sunny winter days outdoors. Finland’s Lakeland and the Baltic Sea around Åland are ideal for speeding through breath-taking national landscapes on a pair of skates.

Tour skating is pure fun in fresh air and accessible to people of all ages and skill levels. Nearly 200 000 lakes and a thousand kilometers of coastline make sure there’s no shortage of skatable ice in wintertime Finland.

The tour skating season in Finland spans from January to April, give or take a few weeks. See our tips on where to go and get your glide on!

Savonlinna area location on map

Savonlinna is a gem of a town on the shore of Finland’s biggest lake, the Saimaa. Skating on Lake Saimaa is at its best in the Linnansaari National Park half an hour from town. Feeling strong? Try Finland’s longest tour skating route.

On opposite edges of the National Park, in both Rantasalmi and Oravi, Järvisydän offers accommodation, equipment rental and guided tours. See their tour skating video!

In Punkaharju, a village by the Saimaa, Harjun Portti maintains a 15-kilometre-long skating track, and rents out equipment as well as cottages.

Tour skating in the Savonlinna area

Kuopio Area location on map

The city of Kuopio lies by Lake Kallavesi, on the ice of which a skating track takes shape every winter. Open to all skating enthusiasts, the highlight of the tour skating year is Finland Ice Marathon.

During the Ice Marathon – its 30th edition this year – a number of side events like moonlight skating and children’s skating also take place. The café at Kuopio harbour will keep skaters refreshed through the day.

See Scandic Kuopio and Sokos Hotel Puijonsarvi for accommodation close to the skating track.

See Visit Lakeland for more on travel in the Kuopio area.

location on map

Åland, an autonomous cluster of Finnish islands in the Baltic Sea, is a superb but rather unpredictable tour skating destination. As there are no inland waters in Åland, all skating takes place on sea ice and is dependent on the weather gods.

But when it’s good, it’s great! There’s hardly ever any snow on the ice, which means no tracks and being able to skate anywhere you want. The spectacular experience of cruising the beautiful archipelago on a pair of skates is something that just has to be felt – no description does it justice.

Themed routes are a unique feature in Åland. Try the cultural tour from Kastelholm Castle to the fortress ruins in Bomarsund, for instance.

Tour skating in Åland

NOTE: Tour skating is a fun and perfectly safe activity. However, unless you’re an experienced skater and familiar with the route you’ll be taking, never head out alone.

Visit Finland, i.e. the Finnish Tourist Board, is a state agency actively promoting Finland as a destination for foreign travelers. Visit Finland works closely with Finnish travel regions, travel businesses, transport companies and ministries, marketing tourism to Finland from abroad.

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